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Re: Oxford comma? Are you for or against?
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2017, 12:21 PM »
I never saw a good reason for removing it either.

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Re: Oxford comma? Are you for or against?
« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2017, 12:35 PM »
I still go by Strunk's Rule 2
http://www.bartleby.com/141/strunk.html

To me the the conjunctive word is more properly eliminated (in keeping with Strunk's rule 17) than is the serial comma.
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Re: Oxford comma? Are you for or against?
« Reply #32 on: March 19, 2017, 09:29 PM »
I always use it because it's never incorrect and causes no confusion, but some might consider not using it to be incorrect. (Actually, I will leave it out in emails and less formal writing sometimes. But I'm aware of where it may cause confusion to do so. It's really about typing fluidity.) Oh yes, and I'm also over 40. I'm also a CE and following Chicago. No conflict with the style guide at all. It stays in work for publication. Please note there is a difference between grammatical correctness and being against style.
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Re: Oxford comma? Are you for or against?
« Reply #33 on: March 19, 2017, 10:23 PM »
I am a big fan of the Oxford comma and teach my students to use it.  I think there can be serious lapses in clarity when it isn't used.
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Re: Oxford comma? Are you for or against?
« Reply #34 on: March 20, 2017, 04:32 AM »
Going against the tide here. I like to omit the last comma. I think the sentence looks prettier. That being said, I'm never bothered by writing style/choices that differ from me.

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PS I'm over 40.

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Re: Oxford comma? Are you for or against?
« Reply #35 on: March 20, 2017, 07:02 AM »
I am 44 and pro-Oxford comma.
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Re: Oxford comma? Are you for or against?
« Reply #36 on: March 21, 2017, 02:24 PM »
Thanks, everybody. The Oxford comma wins in a landslide. (By the way, it's also called the Harvard comma. I guess someone's nose was out of joint.)

Good for you, Ree, for being willing to go against the tide.
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Re: Oxford comma? Are you for or against?
« Reply #37 on: March 21, 2017, 06:02 PM »
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Re: Oxford comma? Are you for or against?
« Reply #38 on: March 21, 2017, 07:19 PM »
Lol, Tori!
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Re: Oxford comma? Are you for or against?
« Reply #39 on: March 21, 2017, 09:57 PM »
That's great, Tori!
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Re: Oxford comma? Are you for or against?
« Reply #40 on: March 22, 2017, 05:39 AM »
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